© COPYRIGHT 2017, DES MOINES REGISTER AND TRIBUNE COMPANY Linda Ellis says she’s willing to pay more at the store if it means investing more money in cleaning up Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams and boosting the trails and parks that residents use for fun. “Water quality is a key issue around us,” said Ellis, a 65-year-old Democrat and lifelong resident of the Iowa Great Lakes area. “It’s a unique part of the state, and tourism is really important to us.” Like Ellis, 56 percent of Iowans support increasing the state sales tax three-eighths of 1 cent to pay for water quality projects and outdoor recreation, according to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll. Thirty-eight percent of Iowans oppose a tax increase, and 5 percent are unsure how they feel about the proposal. Selzer & Co. polled 802 Iowans Feb. 6-9. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Poll respondent Dan Bushman of Cedar Rapids said he also is concerned about improving water quality, particularly beefing up conservation that can reduce flooding. But he opposes raising the sales tax. The excavation contractor wants to see more common-sense approaches to conservation and water-quality spending. “We’ve got to get more value from what we’re spending,” said Bushman,… Read full this story
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